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Impressions Summer 2015

Happiness is being a Superintendent: Polly Bove Cop for Life: Sgt. Rick Sung Cleaning Milpitas: Mayor Jose Esteves

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5 A Cop for life - Rick Sung 8

The Cupertino Food Revolution 2015 !

13 Society 14 crossing Guards 16 The case for protected bike lanes 19 Clean House:

Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves

22 aim through College instead of aiming at college 24 many castles on the hill Bay Area Hi Tech Architecture 28 APAPA Leadership Profile Dr. Hsing Kung

29 journey to the west Visitors from Hunan

30 connected community Cupertino Library Foundation

33 Book Review Boys In The Boat 35 Polly BOve Happiness is ...

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w hen a local firefighter held the first issue of The Silicon Valley Impressions

magazine, and she said “I like the smell of the newly printed magazine. Nice!” “I know her, Hung Wei. She helped my kid in school!” A dad pointed at Hung Wei’s picture on page 22 in our first issue and said.

Living in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, I have seen so many people working together to help others in the community. There are many organizations in Silicon Valley that consist of volunteers who want to help others. These individuals and organizations gave me a wonderful experience as an immigrant living here. Since I started my own volunteering journey, I have been enriched constantly by my experiences with these people and organizations. It has been my dream to have a publication devoted to the community’s people, events, and the positive energy we generate. After years of preparation, I am finally able to offer Silicon Valley Impressions Magazine to our community and the people I admire and love. With the talent and passion of a wonderful team, we are proud that we can write and promote the selfless human love and devotion of the people who live in the same place we all call home, Silicon Valley. In each issue, we try our best to write about and portray a variety of people who work to better the community. Whether they are high-profile leaders or silent heroes, we will give each of them an equal amount of attention and care respectfully - our effort is small, but we will continue to do more for those people. Don Sun

About this issue S ummer is here! Although temperatures in the Bay Area can reach 90 to 100 degrees, we are proud to keep our temperatures comfortable in this issue mainly because of the people in our magazine: the warm Polly Bove, the cool Sgt. Rick Sung, and the mild Mayor Jose Esteves. Many thanks to architect Jorge Salem, Apple employee Anastasia Novozhilova , and Beverly Lenihan from the Library Foundation for your contribution to this issue on architecture, bike safety, and cool things about our local Library. We are honored to introduce Dr. Hsing Kung, who has done so much as an entrepreneur and as a philanthropist. Finally, a warm welcome to a Hunan Chamber of Commerce group on its tour to the U.S. Best wishes to them and to all the people who travel to other countries this summer. And yes, we have summer reading for you introduced by Joe and Ann Cleaver - The Boys in the Boat. We are grateful to all the community service people whose love and dedication have inspired us. We cannot write about all of them in one issue, but we will continue to write about them one by one, issue after issue. The Silicon Valley Impressions Team Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are those of the writers and interviewees. They do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publisher. Copyright notice: No part of this publication and/or website may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form without prior written permission of the Publisher. Permission is only deemed valid if approval is in writing. Silicon Valley Impressions owns all rights to contributions, text and images, unless previously agreed to in writing.

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A co p for l if e Rick Sung Rick Sung, division commander for Saratoga, Cupertino, and Los Altos Hills talks to SVI about fighting crime, traffic safety, and being a police officer in times of great challenges.

W hen you ask young children what they want to do when they grow up, you will hear a few say “I want to be a cop.” Cops are among the most omnipresent community people easily identified by children. They fight the bad guys and protect us.

The West Valley Patrol division’s new commander Rick Sung had his mind set on being a cop since he was 15 years old. Even though he had tried a few successful ventures, he was not fulfilled. Then, in 2002, he graduated from the police academy and became a deputy sheriff. He was happy and he has never looked back. Silicon Valley Impressions magazine (SVI) welcomes Rick’s return to the West Valley Community and asks a few

questions about his job here. “I am very honored to be back to the West Valley Division,” said Rick, who is responsible for the patrol operation of 960 square miles of Saratoga, Cupertino, and Los Altos Hills. “We are very safe here in Cupertino; there isn’t much violent crime and even property crime rates are relatively low compared to other cities with a large amount of pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

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Nevertheless, there is crime. Right now, the local communities are facing a rise of burglaries. Fighting crime needs the support of the community. No law enforcement entity can achieve that alone. A place is only safe when the community is involved.” He said that the power of the community is critical to any part of police work: “A couple of weeks ago, burglars started to attack the Southwest region of Cupertino. When a neighbor saw the suspects in a car parked outside of a house, she called the sheriff’s office and gave the house address, an accurate description of the suspects, the car’s license plate number, and the occupants’ activities. Officers arrived in 45seconds , caught the suspects, and recovered all the properties that they were trying to steal”.

number: Our call takers will ask a series of questions when they get a call. Please be patient; even when the call taker is asking questions, not everything stands still. They are dispatching the reports and the messages get relayed to our officers, who can take action right away. Many times, they will be at the scene even before the emergency call is over.

have permits. If not, they can be cited. Don’t deal with them; just tell them (the persistent people) that you are going to call the sheriff. This will help to deter them. 7. Cell phone speed dial Number 1 for Cupertino: 408-2993233. You also can call 911, but this is more direct.

8. Teenagers at home: Carry 3. Where do the burglars come your phone all the time; always lock the windows and doors, and from? Most of them come from outside of our areas: places such as always know where your exit is. If Stockton, San Francisco, Hayward, the window is the only exit, use it Tracy, Oakland, East Palo Alto, and to save your life. Just because you are home doesn’t always mean that recently some from San Jose. The you are 100% safe. When driving, burglars may start somewhere in it is illegal to use earphones on both the Bay Area and sweep through ears because it stops the driver from a few neighborhoods to finish in hearing emergency vehicles. For another part of the area at the end the same reason, having earphones of the day. or playing loud music may keep you from knowing what’s going on 4. The impatient burglars: in the house. You may not be able Until a few months ago, burglars would knock on doors to make sure to hear when someone breaks into your house. You can put yourself in that people are not home. Because Tips from Commander Sung they have discovered that houses serious danger when a burglar goes on protecting your neighbor- are empty most of the time, they so deep in the house that you have hood from the attack of have done away with the knocking. a face-to-face encounter. Some burglars: The new behavior has evolved into suspects may act violently toward just going straight into the house by children, so please make sure that 1. Be vigilant and stay you can hear any movements and kicking the door open or breaking focused; most of the residents in a sounds in the house when you are the windows. neighborhood know who belongs alone. to the community and who doesn’t 5. The home-aloner: Please belong. If you see people wander9. Other helpful items: don’t engage with anyone who ing around your neighborhood Surveillance cameras and burglar breaks into your house. Always who don’t look like they belong, alarms are always helpful. We know your exit; let the burglars especially when they are doing know that you are inside the house. recommend having one of the something weird, like driving up cameras point outward to the street Be careful when you leave the and down the street or knocking to capture suspects’ vehicle descriphouse; it could be that they have on someone’s door, give us a call tion or possibly the license plates partners outside and waiting in the and our deputies will go there and of burglars at a neighbor’s house car. If you can safely get out the take a look. Remember to give us across the street. The new high-tech house, do so and call the sheriff’s as accurate account of the strangcamera today is in high resolution office on your cell phone. ers’ appearances as possible: race, and we can see everything very height, clothing, associated vehicle, 6. The door-to-door salesperclearly. and any other physical traits that son: If someone knocks on the door 10. The Neighborhood Watch can help the officers to identify or rings the doorbell, you don’t Program is sponsored by the them. have to open the door; just say “I National Sheriffs’ Association am not interested” In Cupertino, 2. Calling the emergency (NSA). www.sheriffs.org door-to-door salespeople have to S I L I C O N VA L L E Y I M P R E S S I O N S | J u l y 2 0 1 5


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Neighborhood Watch programs are managed by the city government involving the following activities : ● Work with the police or sheriff’s office. These agencies are critical to a Watch group’s credibility and are the source of necessary information and training. ● Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activities. ● Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be “window watchers,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood. ● Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, and learn residents’ perceptions about crimes. Often, residents’ opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce the fear of crime. ● Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime. Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night. ● Start a block parent program to help children cope with emergencies while walking to and from school or playing in the area.

Other items concerning police work Traffic ticket myth: The police department does not have a quota for the month or the year. It is illegal. We do not make a profit from the traffic tickets we issue. The high price of a traffic ticket reflects the administrative cost of

managing traffic tickets for the county and the state. “When pedestrians and drivers are next to each other sharing roads, it can get very dangerous. We are trying to minimize the risk by doing what we believe is right for our community. We receive many complaints from residents who live in school zones about people who speed and who don’t stop for pedestrians, especially for children who walk or ride their bikes to school. Drivers often use the bike lane to pass other cars in their way. But when kids go to school riding their bikes in the bike lanes, they rightfully think that this is a safe space that belongs to them. Every life lost in a traffic accident is one life too many. We hope that issuing enough tickets will persuade those who don’t drive safely to start driving slower and be more careful” reinforces Sung. Police violence: “Excessive use of force should not be tolerated. We get extensive training from the academy and throughout our careers on deploying just enough amount of force necessary to overcome suspects’ resistance regardless of how volatile the situation is”. “Nowadays, the media is powerful. People watch news on TV or read the newspapers for information. When bystanders on the street take videos with the cell phone camera from a distance, these videos may not depict everything that is going on. From my own personal experiences, the suspect often is facing the ground but will still resist the officers. Some are kicking, elbowing, even spitting with blood and calling to us that they have contagious diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis. We have to continue our effort to take control of the suspect. To ensure the safety of the

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officers, whenever there is danger of exposure to contagious disease, the officer has to go through months of testing and treatment. Almost every time the level of force applied in the situation is justified”. Why not shoot the person in the arm or the leg? “We are trained to stop the threat. Deploying deadly force is always the last resort for an officer. When a suspect is at close range with an officer, he can close the gap between them in a matter of seconds. We must stop the threat instantly; there is no time to aim at the arm and leg. Furthermore, even if the suspect is shot in the arm or the leg, he or she can still fight or continue to hurt others if the threat isn’t stopped”. Fit for the community: “Residents who come in contact with our deputies find them very friendly and easy to work with”. West Valley deputies understand culture and tailor their service to meet the needs of a diverse population of the Cupertino community, which is part of the training program for new deputies at West Valley Patrol. A few more words: “I am always available; my strength is my availability and willingness to work with our community. If there is any community event that needs me to show up to answer questions and provide clarifications, I will be there. Please reach out to me”. Next time you hear a child say, “when I grow up, I want to be a cop,” take him or her seriously. It could well be that he/she will be a cop one day and most likely a very good one.

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W elcome the following restaurants to the Cupertino Community. Cupertino doesn’t have

enough neighborhood eateries other than CafĂŠ Mac, which carries out its innovative spirit from cell phones, to laptops, to creative menus. As the City is building a few large-scale office spaces and residential buildings to accommodate the population boom, we also need more restaurants to feed the hungry. Here, we are happy to report that the following restaurants are opening in Cupertino on Stevens Creek Boulevard near you. Lead by Eureka!, The Melt, The Counter, RootStock Wine Bar, and Fresh Pixx Pizza and Salad 10 restaurants will transform how you eat and order your food.

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1. The Melt from San Francisco: The Melt’s food mission is to a) offer better quality food for children that consists of 100% natural and wholesome foods with names that people can pronounce and recognize, and b) create jobs in the local community. It’s the San Francisco conscientiousness with which we’re familiar. The Melt’s burgers are made with 100% all-natural beef, the breads are baked fresh, and the cheeses melted on your burgers are real aged cheeses; so move over, Velveeta. Finally, the fountain sodas are hand crafted with real cane sugar. Goodbye corn syrup! Address: 20803 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 110, Cupertino, CA 95014 www.themelt.com 2. Blast 825 Pizza from Fresno: In the same shopping center as The Melt, Blast 825 Pizza, a fast, casual pizza franchise, will let you build your own pizza, all the way from choosing the dough to selecting unlimited toppings. Cooked in a wood burning oven at 825 degrees, voilà, you will have a fresh, custom-made pizza in 3 minutes. You can also build your own salad with choices of vegetables, proteins, and dressings.

can have our own custom-made burgers in Cupertino. The Counter uses locally sourced and sustainable protein, cheese, and vegetables, and their breads are made by local bakeries. They have mastered the fill-out-the-slip and check everything you want ordering method for their burgers and salads. Address: 20030 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 www.thecounterburger.com 4. Fresh Pixx Pizza & Salad: is a new kid in town but comes from the pizza veteran Round Table Pizza. Fresh Pixx Pizza and Salad offers custom made pizza. Since there aren’t many Round Table restaurants in Cupertino, we are grateful that Round Table has a modern version to offer. Fresh Pixx Pizza and Salad in Cupertino will start you off with 50 choices of sauces, cheeses, and ingredients. It’s almost like playing with your food: pick them, mix them, bake them and then eat them. But if you don’t feel like playing with your food, Fresh Pixx Pizza and Salad has 17 specialty pizzas and salads. Both pizzas and salads are made to order, and salads are served atop a pizza

Address: 20803 Stevens Creek Blvd, The Saich Way Station, Cupertino, CA 95014 www.blast825pizza.com 3. The Counter from Culver City: this popular, Southern California based, build-your-own burger restaurant has come to town, having already invaded Palo Alto and Santana Row. Now, we

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crust. Salad and pizza sounds like a wonderful lunch meal, light, healthy and fun. Address: 20080 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 www.freshpixx.com 5. Eureka! from Hawthorne, CA: Eureka! offers burgers, such as the bone marrow porcini burger, fig marmalade burger with melted cheese, jalapeno egg burger, and Catalina bison burger. This is a new age burger joint with other meat choices, including chicken, fish, steak, and pork sandwiches. This is definitely a meat lover’s restaurant. The atmosphere at Eureka! restaurants is big and airy, with wooden interiors throughout. With 3,000 to 4,000 sq. ft. of space, this restaurant is vibrant and festive every day. Address: 19369 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 www.EurekaRestaurantGroup.com

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Cupertino dining scene. While Lazy Dog CafÊ has a more extensive menu than Eureka! or The Counter, its mainstay is still the mighty burger. However, Lazy Dog also has pizza, pasta, steaks, sandwiches, and salads, so it is more like BJ’s. Lazy Dog should do well. Address: 19359 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino CA 95014 www.lazydogrestaurant.com 7. All that BBQ from Southern California: Here, you can eat meat till you drop: all-you-can eat skinny dipping cow (brisket), beef tongue, flap tail steak, pork belly, beef belly, ribs and fish, chicken, and octopus - all with various degrees of spiciness. Another big treat besides the marinated meats are kimchee and all-you-can-eat

Banchan, the small dishes served in Korean restaurants before your meat cooks. Address: 10493 S. De Anza Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 8. Lyfe Kitchen from Memphis, TN: Lyfe Kitchen has a nice, clean atmosphere with a menu heavy in vegetables and fruits, and is all about clean eating and clean cooking. It has a small menu that also includes hamburgers, but all the menu items are low in calories. They try to avoid fried foods, and offer baked sweet potato fries instead. They have many vegetarian and vegan choices as well: the morning veggie wrap, with scrambled tofu, vegetarian flatbreads, the Lyfe veggie burger, quinoa crunch wrap, ancient grain stir fry, and gluten free bread. Order your food at the counter and

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then be served at your table. This will be a good place for breakfast and lunch. The dinner menu choices are limited and the portions are small. They have a good selection of fruit and vegetable infused water, fresh squeezed juices, and smoothies. You can also hang out at the restaurant any time during the day to have refreshing drinks and enjoy their indoor herb garden. Address: 19399 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino, CA 95014 www.lyfekitchen.com 9. Rootstock Wine Bar: Opened by the local McCarthy and Foley Families from Los Gatos, Rootstock Wine Bar sources its wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains and other local regions, and has an extensive and interesting

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wine list. There is also a changing food menu of cheese, Charcuterie, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and sweet bites to enjoy with the wine or beer of your choice. Unlike most restaurants, where the wine accompanies the food, at Rootstock Wine Bar, the food complements the wine. It is a restaurant by locals and for locals. If you happen to live in the residential complexes near Main Street Cupertino, you can walk home. www.rootstocklg.com 10. Meet Fresh: Welcome to the Asian dessert tradition. Here you will not find gelato, ice cream, or

slushies with which to cool off in the summer, nor will you find cakes, tarts, pastries, or cookies for your parties. Instead, you will find mung beans, taro balls, lotus seeds, tapioca balls, herbal and coconut jellies, tofu pudding, winter melon tea, bean crushed ice, and fruitinfused teas to satisfy your sweet tooth any time during the day. The desserts here are a mix of textures, from chewy, mushy, and melty to powdery. Asian desserts are not creamy or crunchy, but light and chewy, a delight to the palate and a source of additional fiber in your diet. Imagine taro, lotus seeds, red beans, and mung beans after dinner, or as a snack. These desserts will

reduce your guilt while fulfilling your sugar craving. Meet Fresh will be popular with teenagers and adventurous foodies. http://meetfresh.net I in summary, we will have many burger places, select-your-own pizza places, tons of meats to enjoy, and trendy Asian desserts. Thank god for the salads. What else do we need? Maybe Café Gratitude for salads and vegetable juices to detox us from the meat, alcohol, and cheese diet.

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Society

When San Jose homeless encampment “The Jungle� was closed and its residents

evacuated, many homeless people lost their places to go and were dispersed to live on the streets. About 40 of them made San Jose City Hall their temporary home.

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F orbes ranked Cupertino number 27th in America’s Best Small Towns

the case for protected bike lanes by ANASTASIA Novozhilova

in 2012. And I can see why. Cupertino is green, has great weather, a flat terrain and is home to about 60,000 inhabitants and Apple, Inc., The Cupertino City Hall area on Torre Avenue has a pleasant public square to sit outdoors and have an irresistible red velvet latte from Bitter + Sweet or a Boba Tea. I’ve spent the last three and a half years working in Cupertino and lived here when I first moved back to California from Boston. I’ve come to love Cupertino. There is one key area where I think this city is lacking that keeps it from reaching it’s full potential as a quaint small town: it needs a great biking infrastructure. Only about 12% of students in Cupertino bike to school, and probably less than 1% of adults bike as a way of getting around. These numbers are low, I think, primarily because of the wide roads that run through the center of Cupertino and the lack of safe biking infrastructure. A large portion of the working population also commutes far outside of the city, which contributes to low biking rates, but that shouldn’t stop the city from becoming a city that bikes. One can bike to run errands on weekends, for leisure, or to the transit stations to get outside of the city. What Cupertino needs are protected bike lanes. The conventional American bike lane is going out of style. A few inches of paint to separate a person from fast-moving cars has not been enough to keep people biking safe or to make biking a mainstream form of transportation across cities. The only way that biking can become a viable way of getting around in Cupertino and nearby cities is if we implement protected bike lanes on streets that are busy, wide, or where vehicles move fast. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, Cupertino ranked 24th worst out of 104 cities in its category for accidents with cyclists (http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Research/Rankings/default.asp). It’s no surprise that biking hasn’t picked up here and that people avoid it altogether. Additionally, the biking infrastructure around the Silicon Valley should be a connected network, rather than end abruptly once you reach city limits. Have you ever driven from Cupertino to San Jose to find that the road has suddenly ended and you are forced to drive on a dirt road or share tracks with a train? My guess is no. Our inter-city and inter-state road system is advanced enough that you can cross city and state lines smoothly, yet cyclists experience ending bike lanes all the time. So where should these protected bike lanes go? There are two very large, and key streets where most of the city’s businesses, De Anza College, and several Apple offices stand: De Anza and Stevens Creek Boulevards. De Anza is an eight-lane mega street, which is almost as wide as a freeway. Stevens Creek is eight lanes in some areas, but appears to be six most of the time. It is also dangerously large and fast. These are the two streets that should be targeted for protected bike lanes. Using Streetmix.com, I’ve mocked up what De Anza Blvd looks like today.

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cyclists don’t ever enter the center of the intersection with cars, but instead use special cross walks to get from lane to lane. (http://usa.streetsblog.org/2015/05/06/salt-lake-cityto-install-nations-first-protected-intersection-forbicycling/). One lane on De Anza Blvd can be removed and converted into a wider and protected bike lane. De Anza has the potential to be much safer and more pleasant.

Factors that would need to be considered are bus stops and driveways for this style of protection. The bike lane on Stevens Creek is wider and better grade than the one on De Anza, but it still needs protection. An organization called “People for Bikes” created a great infographic describing the various kinds of protected bike lanes, their cost, and aesthetic appeal. Below is a snippet of it. Personally, I think that the turtle and large bumps are a good place to start on Stevens Creek because they are relatively inexpensive to install and provide the right level of protection.

Oppositions to Bike Lanes Some people may argue against removing car lanes, citing that this would increase traffic. But when did it become OK for us to risk the life of one group of people in order to spare an inconvenience another group? How many lives is one person’s extra 10 or 15 minutes worth? The tragic death of a high school student biking to school in Cupertino last October shows the need for safe roads for all transportation types.

(http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/entry/14-ways-tomake-bike-lanes-better-the-infographic) The De Anza and Stevens Creek intersection can be modeled off of what is being proposed in Salt Lake City. It’s protected on each side, with islands in the middle of the intersections that allow for easy right and left turns between cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians. What it comes down to is thinking about bike lanes as extensions of the sidewalk, rather than extensions of the roads. You can see below that, similar to pedestrians,

The other side of this is that having wider lanes has not solved traffic congestion. Loop 610 in Houston is one of the most congested freeways in Texas. Would adding additional lanes really solve the problem? Wide lanes are an unsustainable solution to solving congestion. (http://blog.chron.com/thehighwayman/2014/09/ houstons-congested-roads-spread-far-and-wide/)

But Cupertino is Not Amsterdam Some would argue that Cupertino is not Amsterdam, and that we can’t achieve the same level of biking infrastructure that has been achieved in Amsterdam or Copenhagen. The fact is, is that

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Amsterdam wasn’t Amsterdam before it was Amsterdam. From the 1950’s to the mid 1960’s Amsterdam was a typical car-centric city. But by the 1970’s, all of the effects of traffic city had taken its toll. The number of deaths caused by cars rose to 3,300 deaths in 1971 with more than 400 of those deaths being children. This loss led to protests that had the slogan Stop de Kindermoord, which translates to “Stop the Child Murder”.

citizens to adopt a new lifestyle and aim to save energy. The country made a commitment to alternative forms of transportation. Nowadays, more than 25% of all trips in the Netherlands are made by bicycle, and 38% in Amsterdam. (http://www.theguardian. com/cities/2015/may/05/

amsterdam-bicycle-capital-worldtransport-cycling-kindermoord). With the right investment and political will, Cupertino, and the Silicon Valley in general, can become a city where biking for transit is the norm, and cars are used for longer trips.

The 1973 oil crisis worsened the situation. Saudi Arabia and other Arab oil exporters imposed an embargo on European and North American countries, which quadrupled the price of oil. The Prime Minister during that time, Den Uyl, urged Dutch

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Clean house: M ilp itas M ayor

Jose E ste v es takes on the task to Eliminate odor once and for all from his city M ilpitas residents suffer from

two sources of headache from the city of San Jose: The Newby Island Landfill and the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Plant. Both occupy a large area of land next to the city of Milpitas. The Newby Landfill occupies 342 acres of land and the San Jose/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant occupies 1760 acres north of San Jose. Both plants emit noxious odors to the air. The citizens of Milpitas have finally had enough. More than 20,000 people have signed a petition calling on the Newby Island Landfill to mitigate the odor from their city. Jose Esteves, the mayor of Milpitas, is supporting his citizens’ efforts. Working with City Manager Thomas Williams, they have hired a lawyer to represent the city to sue the Newby Island Landfill for possible environmental violations as well as health risks from the operations of the landfill. Mayor Jose Esteves: Newby Island Landfill is located closest to the city of Milpitas. People living in Milpitas or driving through have been complaining about the garbage odor in the air. Since last December, the smell has become worse and even though the city

has been working with the Newby Island Landfill company, but progress has been very slow. This year, the company submitted a proposal to expand the landfill capacity to add another 95 feet, which will raise the height of the landfill to be 245 feet. We are in litigation with Newby Island now. They have done an environmental study, but we don’t trust that study and want an independent odor study. Now, a large group of people from Fremont and Milpitas are protesting against the expansion and the existence of the odor. The odor problem should be addressed even without the expansion. The landfill has many negative impacts on our city. Many businesses and homeowners are deterred from locating to Milpitas because of the smell. Housing values are kept lower than other cities because of the smell. Nobody wants to live near a garbage dump. The expansion project is being addressed and controlled by the San Jose Planning Commission and the City Council. I want to seriously address this issue. We

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hired a lawyer to work with Newby Island. Normally, the city of San Jose would just approve it but now, because the people are against it, the San Jose Planning Commission has agreed to do another odor study. This study will take around six months. Newby Island claims that the odor comes from other sources, such as the sewer plant, the Bay and other industrial sources. Based on the Bay Area air quality management district (BAAQMD), almost 50% of the bad smell calls are caused by the odor from the landfill. If we can work to reduce 50% of the odor, that would be a huge improvement. The Newby Island Landfill lease will expire in 2025 or 2026. With the new expansion, it will last until 2040, which is a long time for our residents to suffer. I hope that The City Council and Planning Commission of the city of San Jose will listen this time. In the past, I believe that they have not been listening. The reason may be financial or political. Even so, businesses should have a sense of social responsibility. The landfill area is now surrounded by a large population and it cannot

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be operated the same as it was 80 years ago, since its first opening in 1930s. We believe that air with such bad odor can affect people’s health. The litigation hopefully can get a new environmental report and require Newby Island Landfill to mitigate the smell before the expansion can be approved. Ideally, the Landfill would not emit so much odor to the environment if it is covered well. Maybe the garbage needs to be covered well or better treated. It could be more expensive to do it right, but the company should do it right. This will protect everybody in the area and ensure the survival of their business. Seeing that Milpitas has become such a highly populated city, it is really not good practice to have such a large landfill nearby. Many landfills (such as the ones in Mountain View and Palo Alto) have been closed because of the odor and because it is not good to have them in densely populated areas. The residents in Milpitas would really love to see the Landfill in their backyard be moved to another place farther away. In this case, the current location can serve as a transfer station to collect garbage and arrange for the garbage to be transported to a less populated place. We understand that the disposal fees for residential trash can be more expensive, but people are willing to pay a higher price in

exchange for a better environment. The City of San Francisco does not have any landfill in the city’ people pay more to transport their refuse far away, which makes the city pleasant and allows residents to enjoy better air and a cleaner environment. Having a garbage dump nearby really impacts quality of life negatively. I am working hard on this and have been working on the odor problems since the 1980s because I’d like to change the reputation of Milpitas as a bad smelling city. We established an Odor Hotline number for people to call. The problem is that the staff of the regulating agency, the Bay Area Air Quality Management, doesn’t come right away. When they finally come out, the smell is gone. The hotline has been established for 10 years and people have been calling—but there is no improvement. This time, we are serious; people have started to protest and sign petitions. We hope the elected officials will finally listen and changes will happen. However, there are 10 districts in San Jose and the odor only affects one district: North San Jose District 4. The other nine districts are not very concerned about the issue because they are not impacted. If the Environmental Impact Report finds that the odor creates toxicity in the air and the garbage pollutes the water, we would like the Newby Island Landfill to be moved

away from the city if it cannot mitigate the odor. SVI: In addition to the Newby Island Landfill, the other odor-causing business near the city of Milpitas is The San Jose/ Santa Clara Water Pollution plant. The plant is the largest tertiary plant in the Silicon Valley, serving 1.4 million people and 17,000 businesses. The cities that discharge to the facility include San José, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga (City of San Jose Website). They are doing all they can for the environment. Built in 1956, the plant removes solid waste from wastewater and cleans the water before letting it into the bay. The solid waste created in the process is left outside into drying lagoons and dries it using the sun. The method is energy-efficient—but the outcome is a bad smell in the air. In its effort to fix the smell and address other complaints by the residents, it is in the process of modernizing its facility through a Capital Improvement program. The total project is estimated to be $2 billion dollars carried over 30 years. The plant will spend $250 to $300 million to renovate the drying bed and divert it indoors. The new facility’s operating costs will be an additional $10 million a year. Mayor Jose Esteves: I am a member of the Treatment Plant Advisory Committee (TPAC). We are so confident with the project that we can even use much of the reclaimed land as a commercial center after the master plan is finished. SVI: In October 2014, Money Magazine listed Milpitas as number 29th Best Place to Live among 50 small cities in the nation. People

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love the city for its entrepreneur friendly atmosphere, safe community, great schools, affordable housing, clean neighborhoods and friendly people. Considering that Pleasanton is also on the list as number 31, Milpitas has done a great job. No wonder Mayor Esteves is working harder to push the city to be better than number 29, with so many things on his plate to make the city a better place: working with the VTA on regional traffic issues, working with the City Planning Commission and City Council to limit high density housing to only The Great Mall vicinity, and of course to clean the air. Milpitas is a small city fighting for its rights with the some big shots. Once the air is clean and the local traffic is under control, we hope that Mayor Jose Esteves can take a breath and relax. Milpitas Resident Speaks Up: In 2014, Milpitas resident Jennifer Strohfus initiated a petition on change.org(www.tinyurl.com/ stoplandfill), and many Fremont, Milpitas, and North San Jose residents joined her. The group collected more than 22,000 online and paper petition signatures against the landfill expansion. Below is a short message from one of the Milpitas residents who led

the movement against the landfill. Jennifer Strohfus: Speaking of landfills along San Francisco Bay, 39 out of 44 have been closed before or upon reaching their maximum height and capacity. How could the Newby landfill survive for over 80 years and could still apply for an expansion when reaching its maximum height and capacity? The reason is that odor receivers’ agencies, in this case, Milpitas and Fremont, have no authority over the landfill’s land usage and operations. If the landfill were located in Milpitas or Fremont, where the odor receivers and victims are, it would have been closed a long time ago. Approximately 300–500 people attended three of the San Jose Planning Commission meetings regarding the landfill expansion, and more than 100 people drove to Sacramento to attend two CalRecycle public hearings. People feel that they have suffered long enough and could not take it anymore. Having clean air is a basic human right! Because of the residents’ objections the San Jose planning commissioners delayed the permit expansion three times, discarded Republic

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Service’s non-independent odor study, and will reconsider a new independent odor study. In fact, data from Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), an independent government agency, has confirmed that more than 90% of the odors are from Newby landfill. A landfill not only can pollute the air but also pollute the ground water and soil, so a comprehensive odor study or environmental impact study that includes water, air, and soil impacts should be considered. Reducing trash will be a more sophisticated choice than expanding the Newby landfill. It is time for the SJ government to deny the expansion permit and follow the CEQA guidelines and its own municipal codes.

San Jose Waste Water Treatment Plant: The Plant will be able to move beyond “pollution control” and become a complete “resource recovery” facility that is fully integrated into the surrounding community and environment (Courtesy of The City of San Jose)

  

      

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Team leader Ellen Kulla with local children at 2015 Summer Camp in Ningxia, China.

“H ow did you spend your last two summers?” This question on Stanford’s and Princeton University’s application forms has become one of the most challenging questions for college applicants. “Spent the summers preparing for SAT” is definitely not what the admission officers hope to see. Over the past decade since we started IvyMax, thousands of students had to face the challenge of what to pick for extracurricular development. As college planners, we have developed effective methods for our students to fully understand the meaning

of extracurricular activities, as well as ways to motivate them to be involved actively instead of passively. Five years ago, IvyMax initiated the Global Philanthropy Leadership (GPL) Programs, bringing students to poor areas in China and Nepal to help the local communities. Throughout all these years we found, students learn much more through these real world experiences than what they get from school. We call them experiences from the “second classroom.” Inspired by trending issues around the globe, IvyMax designed GPL

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programs to cultivate students’ interests and abilities in business, engineering, environment protection, healthcare, computer science, politics, communications and many other areas. Students learn basic finance knowledge and gain experiences in credit evaluation, risk management, transaction processing and other lending related practices through Peer-to-Peer Microfinance program. Sustainable Environmental Engineering program provides students opportunities to set up their own devices and solve drought, green power, and irrigation issues. Helping the local village doctor, Public Health program enables students to gain


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hands on knowledge in the medical field and learn about disease information through real cases. From interviewing the founder of an NGO to helping with the renovation of orphanages, students have proactively and consistently themselves in humanitarian work through the Nepal Orphanage Improvement program. Rooted in Silicon Valley, the Technology Innovation program and Digital Gaming, Art and Design program immerse students in an innovative environment while cultivating their interest and potential in hi-tech industries. These programs are not simply designed to add bonus points to students’ college applications. Given that they do enrich students’ extracurricular profiles, the programs are tailored to inspire our students to consider something larger than oneself. They offer a new perspective, a new place to stand, and more importantly, a new way of thinking which is in most cases coherent with the philosophies of top-tier universities’. This is what really matters

in college admission officers’ decision-making process. It is also what really matters in shaping a young people’s horizon and future landscape, much beyond simply attending one’s dream college. Assume you were an admission officer at Yale. Would you be impressed by someone who’s father is a doctor? Maybe yes, maybe no. How about someone who has developed her interest in healthcare through personal experience? She went to a remote village in China, discovered that the only clinic in village lacked basic equipment, and then initiated a Public Health program that brings all the resources she could gather in the US to help the local Chinese community. What about another student who not only succeeds in school and conducts science and healthcare research projects, but also devotes several years of her high school to improving the condition of the village’s clinic by fundraising in the U.S., as well as helping the village doctor as an assistant during her summers?

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These two girls mentioned above both went to GPL programs with IvyMax and they both gained admission to Yale and Stanford. The results are satisfactory, but the girls have learned to see the admission as more than just an end. They’ve discovered the real meaning of being a doctor, and they have started their own paths toward contributing to the greater good after their GPL experiences. Global Philanthropy Leadership Programs provide platforms for our students to pay attention to real world problems, think about something larger than themselves, and finally try to develop sustainable solutions to the problems. Instead of simply acting for the “live or die” college application results, the lessons students learned from these “second classrooms” help shape their minds to care about greater goods. While aiming through college, these young people with big hearts have also become much more qualified candidates for the top-tier schools.

Summer Camp students help local farmers to build green houses in Ningxia province China. June 2015.

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By Jorge Salem

I n the past few years, Silicon Valley has experienced a resurgence of major corporate campus planning and

construction. This is exciting news for an area that remains America’s top region for technology and entrepreneurship and one that continues to attract top talent from all over the world. Since the 1960s, Silicon Valley has been the home of major global corporations that have revolutionized communications through innovative product design and development, software, and social media. Three of these companies, Apple, Facebook, and Google, are in the process of planning and building major campuses within a few miles of each other. Each of the three campuses is different and carries the imprint of its company’s corporate philosophy, through which each attempts to project to the world its unique design characteristics. All are architecturally unique and offer different perspectives on how people will work and live well into this century.

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carries the imprint of its founder, Steve Jobs, clearly. In April 2006, Jobs announced to the city council of Cupertino that Apple had acquired nine contiguous properties where it would build a second campus, the Apple Campus 2, which will be located one mile east of the existing facility. Originally expected to break ground in 2013 and open in 2015, the project experienced delays and began in 2014. It is now expected to open in late 2016 or early 2017. Apple’s decision to stay in Cupertino dates to its historical ties with the community. The new campus, situated on a 175 acre (0.71 km2) site, is planned to house up to 13,000 employees in one central, four-story circular building of approximately 2,800,000 ft2 (260,000 m2), which will include a café for 3,000 people, be surrounded by

extensive landscaping, and offer parking both underground and in a parking structure. Media reports have described the new structure as a “spaceship,” while some others have called it a “donut.” The main building is a mile round and will be used primarily for

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he was inspired by the idea of a London square, where houses surround a park (also common in other American cities, such as Boston and Savannah). This idea evolved ultimately into the present design: a circular structure surrounding a large outdoor park. Although it is designed to be self-sufficient and earth-friendly, the range of materials used in the construction will be top of the line. “As with Apple’s products, Jobs wanted no seams, gaps, or paintbrush strokes to show; every wall, floor, and even the ceiling, is to be polished to supernatural smoothness. All of the interior wood was to be harvested from a specific species of maple, and only finer quality “heartwood” at the center of the trees would be used,” an insider told Business Week. Its architecture is consistent with the focus on product detail that has made Apple an icon in the global world of technology. The building’s architecture and its obsessive attention to detail is similar to Apple’s products and the company’s top executives have participated in critiques of the building throughout the design process, often directing changes in its design in collaboration with the building’s architects. Other facilities include a 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 ft2 (28,000 m2) of additional R&D facilities, a fitness center, an orchard, and a dedicated power generating plant that will be the primary source of electricity (powered by natural gas). Architects and planners today are very sensitive to the environment, and the Apple campus is going green as well. The structure will be outfitted with solar panels, and although it will run primarily off the Cupertino power grid, solar energy will be used as a

backup electrical supply. 27,000 trees will surround the campus and Apple has hired a leading arborist from Stanford University to help landscape the area and restore some of the indigenous plant life, including apricot orchards. All landscaping is intended to make the area look very park-like, and it will include miles of jogging paths and walking trails. Pedestrianand bicycle-friendly Apple will maintain 1,000 bikes onsite for staff to travel around the campus. Hiring Foster + Partners did not come cheap. The project’s budget for the iconic “new spaceshiplike” R&D building has ballooned from less than $3 billion in 2011 to almost $5 billion today. Numerous design changes were made and keeping the budget under control has been a challenge. It is unclear whether the community will have access to the park inside the campus, or if visitors will be confined to the Visitor Center building. Despite criticism of the scale of the project, Apple’s campus will be a very distinctive and unique landmark that will undoubtedly attract many visitors to the area and boost the city’s revenue.

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M enlo Park is a few miles to the northeast and is the home of Facebook. The company’s success and employee growth has led to expansion to another campus across from the main headquarters. Further along in construction than the Apple campus, the almost completed building is over 430,000 ft2 in size. It is a massive structure that will ultimately house approximately 2,800 people. Known

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as MPK 20, the building was conceived by Canadian architect Frank Gehry to be the world’s largest open-plan office. “Our goal was to create the perfect engineering space for our teams to work together,” said Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The building itself was designed and built in just three years, and comprises a relatively simple construction of metal, concrete and glass. Employees have already begun to move in, and the move will be phased over the next few months. Compared to Apple’s campus, Facebook’s expansion is approximately six times smaller, and has a different feel. The focus is not on iconic architecture; function, not image, is key. “The building itself is pretty simple and isn’t fancy. That’s on purpose,” said Zuckerberg. “We want our space to feel like a work in progress. When you enter our buildings, we want you to feel how much left there is to be done in our mission to connect the world.” As loyal as Apple is to its iconic product image, Facebook’s new building emphasizes collaboration and social interaction, which is the company’s hallmark. “From the start, Facebook CEO Zuckerberg wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact, and cost effective. He did not want it overly designed,” Gehry said in a statement. “This is the building that we created for him.” He described his collaboration with Mark Zuckerberg further: “It also had to be flexible to respond to the ever-changing nature of his business: one that facilitated collaboration and one that did not impose itself on their open and transparent culture.” As with Apple’s campus, the site has a large area that is landscaped,

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except that the green space is a nine-acre roof garden. The landscape team has planted some 400 trees on the roof, and Facebook hopes it will become a haven for local bird species. The roof also includes a half-mile walking path where employees can relax during breaks. Unlike Apple, which has a different hierarchy of management and a different corporate philosophy, Facebook’s building was designed to be “the largest open floor plan in the world—a single room that fits thousands of people,” as Gehry described it. “There are lots of small spaces where people can

work together, and it’s easy for people to move around and collaborate with anyone here.”

GOOGLE

I n Mountain View, CA, slightly north of Menlo Park, Google is in the planning and design stages of a corporate campus. Google, which is distributed presently among many buildings, wants to create a campus that feels like Google. Trust Google to think big! Its wildly ambitious proposal for 60 acres in Mountain View,

where four new building clusters would allow Google to add roughly 10,000 employees to the 19,000 already there, is a blend of visionary architecture and site planning. The architectural and site plan proposal for the new “Googleplex” was submitted to the city’s local planning department in February 2015 by the European architectural firm of Bjarke Ingels Group in Denmark, and Heatherwick Studio in the U.K. The proposal also does away with traditional doors, stairs, roofs, and walls. It will be interesting to see how the two firms will collaborate.

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The stars now join Apple’s spaceship! First, there are those artificial skies—four giant glass canopies that allow the company to create its own microclimate. The floor, meanwhile, is made of giant plates that slope upwards gently like a series of ramps, so that the 10,000 staff members do not need to use the stairs to move from one level to another. According to Bloomberg, Google will have the ability to add extra meeting spaces as they go, using stackable, modular rooms. “Google says it will invent a kind of portable crane-robot, which it calls ‘crabots,’ that will reconfigure these boxes and roam the premises like the droids in Star Wars,” their website explains. Staff will be able to ride their bikes straight to their desks, thanks to the cycle lanes that run around the building, and exercise and yoga classes will be held on the balcony on the top floor. With a campus that also includes acres of manicured parks, hiking and bike trails, restored coastal wetlands, shops, cafes and 5,000 units of proposed housing, there is really no reason for employees ever to leave. It remains to be seen whether or not the city will approve this development.

Still in the early stages, with many details yet to be worked out, it is unclear how many green features will be part of the new campus. Google says that a significant portion of the HQ’s energy needs will be met sustainably. Car parks are hidden from sight underground, and the public renderings show a focus on landscaping that will offer visitors and staff a greater connection with nature. In contrast to the inner-focused, closed loop design of Apple’s sustainable Cupertino campus, Google’s new quarters appear more fragmented, open, and accessible. “We’re really making sure that we make spaces very open and accessible, so it’s not just for Googlers, but for anyone in the area to come by,” said David Radcliffe, Google’s Vice President of real estate. The goal is flexibility, which, as the Silicon Valley Business Journal noted, is important for a company where business units can spring up or disband overnight. Google’s goal is that the first structure, called the Landing, will be completed by 2020 (it would replace what is now an 18-acre office park.) If everything goes as planned, the entire campus would be complete by 2024. However, Google must

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first gain approval from the city of Mountain View to reinvent both a swath of land within the city and the concept of office space. Clearly, many planning and building code design variations will be submitted for approval. Looking at the three campuses, several things appear fairly obvious. First is the desire to keep the design consistent and reflective of each company’s unique culture. Second, green architecture and green sites are common to all three. Lastly, there is a consistent goal to integrate the companies with their communities. From a planning standpoint, one hopes that Apple will make its gardens, or at least part of them, accessible to the public to increase the link with the surrounding community. This is what Google says it will attempt to do. In Facebook’s case, it will be hard to open the roof to the public. For all three companies, it is certain that their campuses will continue to fascinate architectural buffs, and will undoubtedly generate scores of articles and analyses that will explore the effects and relationship that a building and its site have on its workers and the surrounding community.


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Dr. Hsing Kung D r. Hsing Kung has achieved

many career successes: he was the Chief Manufacturing Officer for SDL, which was sold to JDSU for $41 billion in 2000; he was the President and CEO of Pine Photonics until it merged with Opnext in 2000 for $20 million; he was the Chairman of Luxnet, a publicly traded company in Taiwan; and he is a partner of The Acorn Campus Ventures where he and his partners oversee many startup companies in the fields of life science, semi-conductors, telecommunications, wireless communications.

Dr. Hsing Kung has volunteered and served in leadership positions in many nonprofit organizations:Monte Jade in 2004, Fremont Union High School District, United Way, American Leadership Forum, Asian Americans for Good Government, Shinshin Education foundation, the Rotary Club, Silicon Valley Creates, and APAPA (with a generous commitment that for every dollar APAPA raises, he will match with his own donation). Dr. Hsing Kung has received endless rewards: the Distinguished Alumni Award from Cheng Kung University Alumni Association in 1997, Partnering for Education award from The National Council of Negro Women, Northern California Sections in 2001, with his wife Margaret, “Venture Culturists” award from DeAnza College in 2001, the “Asian American Hero 2002” award from County of Santa Clara,

“Community Star Award” from Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and “Helen Tao Activist of the Year” Award from Silicon Valley APA Democratic Club in 2004. Dr. Hsing Kung has many academic degrees: BSEE from National Cheng Kung University, PhD EE from University of California at Berkeley, and MBA from Santa Clara University, We have only one question to Dr. Kung: When you have achieved so much what more could you ever want in life? Dr. Kung talked to SVI magazine and answered our one and only question. First, he is very proud of his journey to integrate himself into American society (which he calls the mainstream community) as a successful business leader and philanthropist who has helped, and mentored people from many cultures and communities. Having gone through this rich and fulfilling experience, he wants to promote more multi-cultural integration in the Asian community as well as the arts and a cultured lifestyle in Silicon Valley. He is not yet fully satisfied with respect to these goals. His journey has many challenges and opportunities. It takes work: “My first step out of the Chinese community is the Rotary Club of Cupertino, for which I am very grateful. The Rotary Club is an international

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organization where the members welcome newcomers from different background and nationalities. They are very happy to have the support of the Chinese members. The Chinese community, in general, is not interested in integration in the local community or volunteering in social work. I like community work. I started from the Chinese community simply because it is easier: it is easier to make friends, it is easier to communicate, and it is easier to work with people who we understand. The Rotary Club initiated me into the mainstream community. The journey was not easy. I had to work at it. I had to learn about the interests of the American people to make conversation. I educated myself on sports, politics, and even about various holiday topics. My next step to integrate in the mainstream society was through participating in the American Leadership Forum program, which helps to educate and develop Continued on page 32


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jour n e y to the w est T he classic Chinese novel Journey to the West depicts a Buddhist monk’s journey to India to obtain Buddhist sutras for the monasteries in China. This was a spiritual, intellectual, and emotional story about the journey that had opened the mind and eyes of the people in the Middle Kingdom. The journey took 16 years to finish and succeeded in obtaining 35 different sutras in thousands of volumes. Traditionally, the Chinese people have tirelessly sought knowledge and inspiration from the people in faraway lands. The exotic colors and flavors of the distant kingdoms have always stirred the curiosity and interests of the Chinese. Silicon Valley Impressions magazine has reported on a group of 38 Chinese business people who will journey throughout the United States this July. Organized by the Hunan Chamber of Commerce in California, the goal of the trip is to study the many aspects of the

United States business, culture, and society. The Hunan businesspeople have a reputation as hard working, excellent team members who are well cultured in the areas of literature, poetry, and art. Hunan is the main Chinese commercial region for tea production, entertainment, newspaper, and animated films. The Hunan businessmen are called 儒商 (well-cultured businessmen). The 38 business people will visit top universities in the U.S., such as Harvard, MIT, and Stanford. They will tour sites such as the Grand Canyon, the Hudson River, the Potomac River, and Miami Beach, as well as the Lincoln Memorial, Times Square, and the White House. During their short stay in Silicon Valley, they will tour high tech companies such as Google, Apple, HP, and Tesla to acquire the “sutras” of innovation and making money. Here, they will be joined by educational communities to share

experiences and insights on how to best educate children and how to get into top universities in the U.S. A few Chamber of Commerce groups in the Bay Area will have a dinner with them to exchange business interests and maybe build a few joint venture companies. The local host, Tang, Aimin(唐爱民), president of the Hunan Chamber of Commerce in Silicon Valley, will be traveling with the group. It has been his long-time vision to bring business people from his region to visit the United States. He feels that this kind of exchange can move forward Chinese economic development as well as social progress. All in all, this will be a fun and educational trip that can fulfill the mind, the heart, and the spirit with rich images and sounds to bring home. They should have a fun trip and volumes of “sutras” to bring back to their business temple.

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Connected Community by

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Cupertino Library Foundation   H ow do you define ‘quality of

life’ in Silicon Valley? What makes you feel satisfied with your own personal quality of life? For some it is our great schools. For others, it is our magnetic ability to draw entrepreneurs to explore innovative technologies and their applications. Yet others are drawn primarily to our outstanding climate, and the leisure time activities our weather provides year round. Would you say this generation is better off than our parents’ generation? From national research done by Pew Research survey: Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be, the idea that each generation of children will grow up to be better off than the one that preceded it has always been a part of the American dream. But barely a third of adults expect things to work out that way for today’s children.

About half of adults (50%) say that today’s children will grow up to be worse off than people are now. A third (34%) say they’ll be better off and most of the rest say they aren’t sure. In general, quality of life can be summed up by those elements that make for a connected community—or communities. The Cupertino Library Foundation has been fostering this connectivity as a strategic imperative for the past decade or more. Maybe you have noticed-or been a part of their programs connecting community. We hope so. Cupertino Library Foundation was chartered as a CA 501( c ) (3) non-profit in 1994 to fund projects and programs of the Cupertino Library not funded from normal income sources. The Foundation also educates the greater Cupertino community about the role the Cupertino Library plays in the

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overall educational, professional and personal development of its residents. The Library plays a pivotal role in the success and vitality of Cupertino. And, they can be proud of its standing: The Santa Clara County Library System has been ranked #1 or #2 nationally over the last decade by Hennen’s Public Library Ratings (“HAPLR”). The Foundation’s vision for the Library is to encourage life-long learning and self-improvement so that Library users of all ages may become more knowledgeable and well-informed, more enlightened and proactive members of the community at large. Some in our community believe even more can be done at our physical and online Library and out in the community, to keep pace with technology and current learning styles. There is always more opportunity. It’s fairly easy to acknowledge that the Cupertino Library, the Cupertino Library Foundation and The Friends of the Cupertino Library offer a rich assortment of options to residents of all ages. However recent development projects in Cupertino such as the new Apple Campus 2 and plans for Vallco Center have some whispering to their friends, “What about our quality of life? Where are the arts in Cupertino? Is the money from development all Cupertino cares about?” Others are more outspoken about the traffic


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congestion, and concern for the welfare and safety of our children. Major sources of funding for the Library forThe Santa Clara County Library District (under the Joint Powers Authority) are property taxes which pay for more than sixty percent of the cost to operate the Library. While relying on locally generated property taxes and the special library tax for eighty percent of its revenue, the remaining amount comes from the State, fines, and interest income. The Library District is committed to funding 60 hours of weekly service, and the City of Cupertino currently contributes an additional $409,403 annually for six additional Library hours. Accordingly, the Cupertino Library is open to the public 66 hours each week, and the hours span every day of the week. Grants are also received for programs such as literacy. Fines and fees paid by Library patrons account for about 3% of all Library revenue. However, normal funding sources do not allow for expansion of the many and varied interests of the diverse Cupertino community. The Foundation takes a leadership role in fundraising for incremental needs and initiatives for the Cupertino Library, and for projects which connect community groups to the residents. The Foundation has raised more than $3.5 million since its incorporation including a successful $1.2 million capital campaign to help

furnish the new Cupertino Library which was constructed with City funding and opened in 2004. In 2009 the Foundation acted as the lead catalyst and donor in bringing together a community partnership of Library support groups including the Cupertino Rotary and The Friends of the Cupertino Library. In addition to the funds raised by the Foundation, the Library receives gifts of money, equipment, books, and time from Friends of the Library and from time to time from corporations, and individuals. Cash contributions usually total in excess of $55,000 annually and reflect the community’s generous, support and commitment to the Library. But even all this is not enough for the programs, collections and services to keep up with the accelerating expectations and needs of the greater Cupertino community. The Cupertino Library has almost 225,000 items of its collection checked out each month. Weekly, more than 16,000 men, women and children visit the Library, all with varying interests, needs and ethnically diverse cultures. In 2002, the Foundation received an unexpected legacy gift from a local resident who passed away. Under the terms of that gift, the Foundation was able to establish a permanent endowment and use the earnings from those funds to help initiate and/or fund various programs and projects for the Library. Since its inception, the Cupertino Library Foundation has raised more than $3.5 million dollars . In addition to the funding of the furniture and fixtures of the new Library in 2004, recent program and project funding have included monies for: • •

S4-Super Science Searches for middle school students Fusion: Technology,

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Arts, Science Series STEAMLeads CLASP Research Tool Santa Clara Valley History Collaborative Film Series New Reading Room Remodel Teen Room enhancement Tech Tool Bar Silicon Valley Reads 2008-2015 PlaneTree Health Information Center Art Display Walls for community artists Self-check machines Collection additions - including E-Resources such as the DragonSource, Qikan Chinese Magazine New CD Bins in order to display better and permit easier access, and more.

Two great examples of major “wins” for Library patrons are the middle school S^4 science contest and the Tech Tool Bar, assisting patrons of all ages in accessing and using Library resources through portable digital devices. Over 250 middle school students have learned to do primary research through the online databases available at no cost to Library card holders. The S^4 contest entrants learn while having fun during the summer break from school. The Cupertino Library Foundation Board has worked closely with the Cupertino Community Librarian, Gayathri Kanth, to prioritize projects and include estimated budgets, based on research and prior experience of the Library Staff. The priority projects, programs and services for 2015-17 are: • • • • • • •

Silicon Valley Reads 2016-2017 S4-Super Science Searches for middle school students Hack-a-thon all night program for teens STEAM Leads PlaneTree Health Information Center Cultural and Arts Programs Technology Enhancements

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ships throughout the area with SV Creates promises to enhance our art offerings to the community.

The Cupertino Library Foundation will continue to be the ‘go-to funding source’ for those programs and services the Library and Foundation identify to enhance and enrich current collections and means of maintaining the physical location, online resources, and community outreach that stimulate intellectual and educational growth.

The Cupertino Library Foundation Connected Community initiative offers opportunities for instruction, education, enrichment and life-long learning to all area families at all times, 365 days a year.

Our Connected Community does not happen without effort. Cupertino Rotary and the Friends of the Cupertino Library were valuable funding partners for the Teen Room enhancement. The Cupertino Library Foundation Board is partnering with other local service groups, the school districts, CEEF, the Chamber, and approaching past and potential major donors. Building relation-

Based on a benefit study performed on-behalf of the Santa Clara County Library District by Berk & Associates in 2013, “for every dollar spent supporting the Santa Clara County Library, the residents of Santa Clara County Library District see a return in the range of $2.50 to $5.17.” Although a similar study has not been completed exclusively for the Library in Cupertino, given

the conservative nature of the Berk study and the benefits quantified in that study, we in Cupertino can expect similar if not greater benefits from becoming involved in the Cupertino Library Connected Community effort. We invite and encourage those who benefit from the Cupertino Library and the other Santa Clara County Library resources to join us in building programs. It is the best investment we can make to ensure our connected community. Contact us: Cupertino Library Foundation 10800 Torre Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014 www.cupertinolibraryfoundation.org bev@reesults.com

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leadership qualities for local community leaders. The program focuses on and promotes diversity in leadership. This amazing experience helped me to completely grow to appreciate other communities and feel comfortable to work with people of any background and culture. After the American Leadership Forum experience, I joined the United Way, which is an organization that supports global philanthropy. Since then, my connection to the world community became more natural and comfortable. I have become the bridge between people of various backgrounds and their communities. I am working hard to help many Chinese immigrants to be more community oriented. It has gotten much better now than before, but it’s still not enough. More arts and culture in Silicon Valley: The Silicon Valley has a

high concentration of well-educated people and world-class companies, but it is often viewed as lacking arts and cultural activities and atmosphere. There are also many multi-cultural arts and cultural activities that are carried out within its own group of people. We need a shared stage where we can have performances from many different cultures and we need a shared space where we can exhibit multi-cultural art to reflect the diversity and talents in our community. To achieve this, I need a team who believes in my vision to work with me and local government to help launch the many arts and culture programs in concrete locations. Currently, I don’t have enough support yet to promote on a large scale quality art and cultural programs. In his “clash of civilizations” theory, Harvard political scientist Samuel P. Huntington warned American leaders that, “future

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international conflicts are expected to arise from cultural rather than ideological, national or class disputes.” He argued that immigration without assimilation could create violent clashes between different cultures in the U.S. Dr. Hsing Kung’s efforts to assimilate himself into the American culture and his wish for his fellow countrymen to assimilate themselves shares the same idea with the “clash of civilizations”. In the ancient Chinese social ideology, political leaders need to help a diverse society to achieve harmony. This idea of harnomy has allowed the Chinese civilization to survive for 5,000 years. Sometimes, we do need to apply ancient wisdom in modern times.


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The Boys in the boat     Ann & joe cleaver                                   

T he Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their

Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel James Brown, chronicles the University of Washington’s nine-man rowing crew’s extraordinary success during the Great Depression. A thrilling read, the book is inspirational, and takes the lives of nine young men of very humble beginnings on an exhausting journey of unexpected achievement. During the time of the Great Depression, families were leaving their homes and heading west in the hopes of jobs and survival, only to find continued hardship and poverty. Such was the case with the Rantz family. The writer follows one of the crew, Joe Rantz, whose early life began in abject poverty as he was abandoned by his father to fend for himself at the age of 13. Courage and conviction in himself leads him through one difficult life challenge after another. Brown documents the electric rowing rivalry between the Universities of Washington and California that continues to this day, and the path their boat took to overcome the established Eastern schools to win national championships, and finally earn their way into the Olympics. Many books have used the backdrop of the rise of Fascism to frame their novels. Daniel Brown does the same and provides his own vivid picture of the

cruel anti-semitism that existed, as Nazi Germany prepared for the 1936 Olympics, in the hopes of building a testament to the rise of their new Germany. He brings in images of the behavior of Hitler, Goebbels, and Goering as they use propaganda and subterfuge to hide their true ambitions. Throughout the book, by juxtaposing adversaries in flowing narrative, Brown creates excitement that won’t let the reader put the book down. He poses collegiate rivalries, uncouth achievement versus sophisticated overconfidence, fidelity versus arrogance, loyalty versus distrust, and throughout, the value of mentorship in personal achievement. The writer interviewed Joe Rantz up until the time he died, and then continued with his daughter who provided fresh points of view. Reading the book, we find it’s not surprising that the movie rights have been purchased by Miramar and is likely to be valued among other inspirational epics like “Unbroken” , “Seabiscuit”, “Chariots of Fire”. Joe and Ann Cleaver are members of the Cupertino Rotary Club, they live in Cupertino and enjoy reading with the Rotary’s book club. The Boys in the Boat Book cover: Courtesy of Penguine Books S I L I C O N VA L L E Y I M P R E S S I O N S | J u l y 2 0 1 5


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Happiness i s bei ng the superinte ndent for 10,000 teenagers I n her book, “It Takes a Village,” Hilary Clinton presents her own vision of raising children in America. Clinton acknowledges that safe neighborhoods, good teachers, good healthcare, and other aspects of a “good village” are necessary for the care of our children. She states repeatedly that it is up to all of us to see that we, as a culture, ensure that our children are cared for well. Silicon Valley Impressions magazine had the pleasure of interviewing the leader of such a village: Fremont Union High School District’s Superintendent, Polly Bove, who spoke about how she manages this village to take care of our children’s academic, social, health, emotional, and life skills’ well-being. The Fremont Union High School District encompasses Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and parts of San Jose and Santa Clara. The District is responsible for the Monta Vista, Homestead, Lynbrook, Cupertino, and Fremont High Schools. It is one of the largest districts in the area and is also the third highest rated high school district in California. Our schools draw people from other parts of Northern California, the nation, and even the world to live here. Superintendent Bove has been here since 1989. We talked to her about many different subjects. S I L I C O N VA L L E Y I M P R E S S I O N S | J u l y 2 0 1 5


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SVI: How do the Asian parents and students affect our schools? Polly Bove: Asian parents are supportive of and committed to their children’s education. However, some people are worried that such an intense focus on academics puts too much pressure on the children. However, with the right combination of support and expectations, what the Asian parents have done and what the children have achieved are quite remarkable and powerful. The blending of cultures from all over the world will benefit all of us. As educators, we are learning to provide the same kind of support for the children.

SCHOOL FUNDING SVI: The communities of Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, and Saratoga have experienced a population boom due to the successful businesses established by corporations like Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. This population growth requires more resources for our schools in terms of school facilities, teachers, and programs in a time of financial difficulties and budget cuts. Thus, schools must find creative ways to fund various projects and programs. Polly Bove: It is important to understand that our District draws resources from separate financial structures for various needs. The financial support needed for school facilities is separate from that used for teachers and programs. Facility improvement programs are funded by bond measures. Measures B and K, which passed recently, will be used to improve our schools’ facilities by funding the construction of

new classrooms, cafeterias, athletic facilities, etc. These are 30-year investments for capital expenditures. Because of the communities’ commitment to our schools through the issuance of bonds, we are able to have high quality buildings and make improvements in our existing facilities, which are largely over 50 years old. We feel fortunate to have parents who are dedicated to their children’s education. Funding for teachers, programs, and technologies comes from the General Fund Budget, which is supported by local property taxes. Our school district is not funded by the state. Nearly all of our money comes from our local communities. Of all the resources we receive from the community, 85% ends up in the classroom in the form of teaching supplies and teachers’ salaries. This is a different financial structure from that in The Cupertino School District, which manages the elementary and middle schools. These schools are funded by the state on a per person, per day basis. In contrast, because we are not funded by the state, we have one large pot of money that is distributed to different schools, regardless of how many students we have.

PREPARING FOR GROWTH We expect that the student population will grow by approximately 1000 students by 2020 or 2021. We now have over 10,000 students throughout the district. We have experienced the greatest increase in the Fremont, Cupertino, and Homestead High Schools, while Monta Vista has leveled off and Lynbrook High School has had modest growth.

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Working with a demographer and the city governments, we can assess new construction and projects to predict our schools’ future needs. Our demographer also serves the Cupertino Union School District, which has a younger population, most of whom will go to high schools in our district. Therefore, our forecast is quite accurate. The Fremont Union School District Foundation (http://fuhsfoundation. org ) also helps support the schools by funding activities and athletic programs. The funding received from the Foundation will serve all five schools according to their needs. Any donation is important to us, and volunteering to perform work at the schools is also a good way to help.

BEYOND ACADEMICS: PERSONAL INTERESTS AND ENRICHMENT Our board and our communities are focused on a comprehensive high school experience for all the children. We do not simply provide an education in engineering, math, and technology; we also have art, music, drama, journalism, speech, debate, and more. Each high school has many organizations in which the students can explore and nurture their own interests. Many clubs, such as future business leaders, athletic clubs, robotics, and hundreds of others, help our students broaden their interests. We are proud that our high schools have been able to retain these programs despite budget cuts and fiscal limitations. These programs and their projects are made possible because of the strong parental support that we receive.


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BEYOND ACADEMICS: EMOTIONAL HEALTH Teen suicide is a growing health concern, and is the third leading cause of death among young people ages 15 to 24 (American Psychological Association , May 2015). Since October of last year, four teenagers in California’s Palo Alto schools have taken their own lives, and this is not the first group of teen suicides this area has seen: In 2009 and 2010, five local teenagers killed themselves by stepping in front of trains, and more suicides followed the next year (Mercury News , March 2015). Polly Bove: Suicide is a complex issue for which there are no simple answers. We wish to do everything we can to prevent it, because we are losing our most precious resources. Palo Alto is also trying desperately to develop appropriate solutions. In our district, we take our students’ emotional health very seriously. We have professionals with degrees in marriage and child therapy, and a number of school psychologists and therapists on all of our campuses. We train the teachers to be aware of signs of emotional distress, and refer those children to one of our professionals. We try to stay focused on the children’s emotional health. We continue to feel very fortunate, partly because of the tremendous amount of support we receive from our parents. They are aware of their children as well, and very often, they are the ones who let us know when the kids need help. We also have a spectrum of programs for children who have moderate to severe mental challenges. 9% of these programs are served through special

education. We have a postsecondary program that helps mentally challenged children transition from high school to adulthood. Our behavior therapists and school psychologists work with these children from the time they are high school freshman to the age of 22. After the kids finish 4 years in high school, they then go to another 4-year program to learn life skills, such as riding the bus, and simple work skills so that they can become productive citizens. We are proud of these programs. We have quite a few children who have illnesses such as Asperger’s syndrome and even severe autism who might qualify for residential treatment. However, thanks to our programs and resources from the mental health community, they are able to remain in their homes.

BEYOND ACADEMICS: MAKING FRIENDS Depending upon where our local companies recruit their employees, our school may receive students and families from anywhere. Many of these families are international. We have excellent programs for both students and adults who are learning English. We also have social groups in native languages where newcomers can go and ask questions, and we provide linguistic and community liaisons to help new students and their families assimilate into the community. The Link program and Ambassador Program in our high schools help link older students with new students. The students in the Link program work to provide a friendly and welcoming environment for the freshman. They make friends with the new students, have lunch with them, and ensure that they adapt to the school without difficulties.

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GETTING INVOLVED: PARENTS The first thing that a new student who enrolls in our school does is see the enrollment counselor, who verifies addresses. This is not a strategy to keep people out, but to maximize the dollars spent on the kids who actually live in the community. The parents then work with an assistant principal, guidance counselor, or EL coordinator. It is important for the parents to be involved in as many programs as possible and go to as many events as possible with their children. Participating in PTA meetings, back-to-school nights, and athletic and music events help the parents get to know the school and its environment.

GETTING INVOLVED: STUDENTS To make the best of high school life, it is important to get involved from the very beginning. Learning should not take place only in the classrooms—school life is also part of a student’s studies. There are many important lessons that are learned both in and outside the classroom, and one of those is teamwork. This important skill can be learned at FUHSD in many ways, including while working in teams in a science class, through participation on a sports team, by singing in the choir or playing in the band, and by joining different clubs on campus.

BEYOND COLLEGE We have approximately an 85% college entrance rate, and we are very proud of that. However, the goal of a public high school district is to serve all the kids who are here. For our highest achievers and those who will go to college, it is our job

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to engage them and to find ways to challenge them, while for the 15% who are not college bound, it is our job to help them figure out what they are passionate about, and what excites them in their work every day so they can continue to build their strengths and decide what to do in life. For the kids who are struggling, it is our job to ask, “What are you struggling with?” and “How can we help?” Our measurement for success is that no matter who you are and where you start, you can take the next step successfully. There is no secret for success; it is just important to do your best and find your passion. Colleges look for kids who have been themselves, have done well, and given their all. It is the growth of the entire child, of his/her internal characteristics and interests that make a person successful. Every experience in a child’s life will influence him/her later. If parents are worried that there are only a few options, then they will become anxious. There are many more options than we can imagine. Children mature at different stages, and with our attention and care, they can grow up at their own pace and succeed eventually in what they do in life.

LIFE AS POLLY BOVE My father expected me to become an engineer. In college, I studied

math, and minored in physics and rhetoric. I had graduate degrees in math, psychology, and education. I went to The University of Illinois, Champaign, simply because it was near my home and it offered me the most financial support. I was grateful that I had a chance to go to college, so I studied hard. There are many factors that a college considers when choosing a student, but they do not determine whether or not the student will be successful.

CITY GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT By law, city government cannot advocate on behalf of the school when it plans for future development. Given these limitations and challenges, we still need to try to work together to ensure that the developers in our community value the same things that we do. The only way for them to do so is to provide resources for the community, such as those for our schools. The Fremont Union High School District is dedicated to working in partnership with local cities to serve our community best. Recently, the five members of the FUHSD Board of Trustees accompanied me to a Cupertino City Council meeting, at which I spoke about the importance of developers providing support to schools in the community. I suggested that the Cupertino

City Council strongly consider implementing a system whereby developers contribute towards the cost of educating students who reside in their development projects. Being first is a brave, ethical, and thoughtful thing to do. When the money comes to us, it allows all the cities to receive resources for the education of the children. We can set an example for voters in other cities, so that they will continue to work with their cities to secure the resources needed for our schools.

With deeP GRATITUDE One of our most precious resources that has made the District great is our teachers and staff, all of whom are incredibly committed to this community and to our students. Many teachers could teach at other schools and receive higher salaries, but they chose to teach for us. Our teachers are smart, passionate, and have deep connections with their students. Many students want to learn because they think that their teachers believe in them and care about them. Each year the district selects 6 outstanding teachers to receive the Teacher of the Year Award. On the next page, we have posted the 2015 teachers of the year for Fremont Union High School District. Congratulations. As parents, we, too, are grateful that you are here for our children.

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Mr. Robert Richmond Lynbrook High School

Ms. DeAnne Berryhill Adult and Community Education

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Mr. John Shelby Homestead High School

Ms. Stephanie Fujii Fremont High School

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Ms. Susan Rocha Cupertino High School

Mr. Pooya Hajjirian Monta Vista High School

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Silicon Valley Impressions Summer 2015 Issue  

Interview with Fremont Union High School Superintendent Polly Bove, Valley Sheriff Sargent Rick Sung, and Cupertino's Food revolution, a rev...

Silicon Valley Impressions Summer 2015 Issue  

Interview with Fremont Union High School Superintendent Polly Bove, Valley Sheriff Sargent Rick Sung, and Cupertino's Food revolution, a rev...